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  1. News Article
    Women going through menopause should be given greater rights and protection in the workplace, MPs say. The Women and Equalities Committee said a lack of support in the UK was pushing women out of work. The cross-party group wants menopause to become a protected characteristic like pregnancy, to give working women more rights. Caroline Nokes, who chairs the committee said: "Stigma, shame and dismissive cultures can, and must, be dismantled." The government, speaking on the issue for England as health issues is devolved to the national governments in Scotland, Wales and North
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    Key findings Pregnant women in prison are more likely to experience preterm labour than women in the general population. There are no official data on the number of women in prison who have children. Our work can fill in some of this gap. In 2019/20, 212 women had given birth in hospital within the four years before going to prison, 109 within the two years before. Access to hospital services is poor and this is a long-term issue. Hospital data highlight the complex needs of women in prison, particularly around trauma and substance misuse. Substance misuse plays
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    Hormone replacement therapy is to be offered over the counter for the first time in the UK after the medicines watchdog gave the green light. Millions of women go through the menopause every year, with the majority experiencing some symptoms that can be severe and have a negative impact on everyday life. In a landmark move hailed as a “huge step forward” for women’s health, the first type of HRT to become available at pharmacies without a prescription will be Gina 10 microgram vaginal tablets (containing estradiol). The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
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    The 6-point plan Within the next 10 years, the Women’s Health Strategy for England will have: boosted health outcomes for all women and girls radically improved the way in which the health and care system engages and listens to all women and girls. It will achieve this by: taking a life course approach focusing on women’s health policy and services throughout their lives embedding hybrid and wrap-around services as best practice boosting the representation of women’s voices and experiences in policy-making, and at all levels of the health and c
  5. News Article
    Doctors have hit back at critics saying they are failing menopausal women, and said that treating menopause as a hormone deficiency that requires medical treatment could fuel negative expectations and make matters worse. Writing in the British Medical Journal they said there was an urgent need for a more realistic and balanced narrative which actively challenges the idea that menopause is synonymous with an inevitable decline in women’s health and wellbeing, and called for continued efforts to improve awareness about the symptoms and how to deal with them. “Menopause is a natural eve
  6. News Article
    Women are wasting their time and money buying do-at-home menopause testing kits, doctors have warned. The urine tests are not predictive enough to tell whether a woman is going through the phase when her periods will stop, doctors have told the BBC. The tests, which give a result within minutes, accurately measure levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps manage the menstrual cycle. But experts say it is not a reliable marker of the menopause or perimenopause. Dr Annice Mukherjee, a leading menopause and hormone doctor from the Society of Endocrinology, told the
  7. News Article
    Eight in 10 respondents in the largest survey of menopausal women in the UK said their workplace had no basic support in place and 41% said menopause symptoms were treated as a joke by colleagues. The landmark study found menopausal women were being ignored in the workplace and by healthcare providers, with a third saying it took many GP appointments before they were diagnosed with menopause or perimenopause. This rose to 45% for black and minoritised women. The findings were revealed in a report by the Fawcett Society, based on a survey of more than 4,000 women commissioned by Chann
  8. Content Article
    Key findings show: One in ten women who worked during the menopause have left a job due to their symptoms. Eight out of ten women say their employer hasn’t shared information, trained staff, or put in place a menopause absence policy. Almost half of women haven’t approached their GPs and three in ten have seen delays in diagnosis. Only four in ten women were offered HRT in a timely fashion. The report calls for: Employers to have menopause action plans Make flexible work the default Implement a public information campaign and invite every wo
  9. News Article
    A shortage of specific types of hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) has left women struggling with untreated symptoms of the menopause. Demand for prescriptions has more than doubled since 2017 - partly because of work by campaigners to extend access - but supply of some products has not kept up. Yasmin Darling's experience of the menopause was sudden and profound. Two years ago, she had two operations to reduce her risk of inherited cancer which plunged her into an early menopause. "It's really hard to navigate medical menopause 10 years early," the 45-year-old says. "When you do
  10. Content Article
    Key themes raised in the evidence include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, including period poverty and the impact of menstruation on everyday life, whether or not it is painful and heavy. Sexual health and contraception, including barriers to accessing information for particular groups of women and geographical variation in the commissioning of services. Fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and maternal health, including lack of information about factors affecting fertility and options for treatment. Variations in access to IVF were also raised, as well as
  11. News Article
    Women are being left unable to sleep or work competently because of the shortages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products used to treat symptoms of the menopause, the former cabinet minister, Caroline Nokes, has said. Millions of women go through the menopause every year, with many experiencing symptoms that can be severe, such as low mood, anxiety, hot flushes and difficulty sleeping, and have a negative impact on everyday life. The number of prescriptions for HRT in England has doubled in the last five years to more than 500,000 a month. But the rise in prescriptions has come
  12. News Article
    In an ongoing effort to improve care and support for elderly women and women’s health satisfaction and outcomes in general, the government have published their report summarising written responses from 436 organisations and experts from the Women’s Health Strategy call for evidence. The organisations that contributed to the report included participants from the charity sector, academia, professional bodies, clinicians, royal colleges and other general experts in women’s health. The topics highlighted in the report include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, inclu
  13. Content Article
    Priority topics The top 5 topics respondents want DHSC to prioritise for inclusion are: gynaecological conditions (63%) fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postnatal support (55%) the menopause (48%) menstrual health (47%) mental health (39%). This selection varies most notably by age, with topics rising in importance as they correspond with each stage of a woman’s life course. Other popular topics include research into health issues or medical conditions that affect women (34%), gynaecological cancers (30%), and the health impacts of violenc
  14. News Article
    Doctors too often "ignore" women's pain, Sajid Javid said as he called for change in the wake of the Shrewsbury maternity scandal. Writing for The Telegraph, the Health Secretary said the wider NHS needed to do much more to listen to women, adding that too many are left in pain and ignored by clinicians. On Wednesday, the Ockenden report revealed that the deaths of 201 babies and nine mothers at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust could have been avoided, citing a failure to listen to women. Mr Javid wrote: "This week we have seen the tragic reality of what can happen when women's
  15. Content Article
    An overview of the recommendations 1. Contraception Sexual and reproductive health services must be prioritised to counter patchy healthcare service provision – and access must be made available, in and out of hours. NICE should re-examine guidelines that recommend routine appointments for oral contraception users – with a view to limiting unnecessary medical checks that may only serve to limit contraception access. Progestogen-only pill (POP) should be made available on general sales (off the shelf) and not require consultation with a pharmacist unless the woman wi
  16. News Article
    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could be made available to buy over the counter. Health watchdogs are proposing a re-classification of the medication so women would be able to buy it in pharmacies without a prescription, it’s claimed. HRT is mainly used to treat menopause symptoms but it is not yet known which version of the medication will be a part of the proposal, the Daily Telegraph reports. Symptoms can include hot flushes, reduced sex drive and mood swings and usually pass after a few years. More than one million women a year are believed to suffer each year but tre
  17. News Article
    Ministers have pledged to “reset the dial” on women’s health to tackle decades of gender inequality in England, with plans to appoint a women’s health tsar, eradicate medical taboos, boost menopause support and ban harmful “virginity repair” operations. The Department of Health and Social Care has published its Vision for Women’s Health strategy after 100,000 women came forward to share their healthcare concerns. Maria Caulfield, the minister for women’s health, described some of their experiences as “shocking”. The vision document sets out initial government commitments on women’s h
  18. Content Article
    The policy paper focuses on taking a new approach in understanding the changing health and care needs of women and girls across their lives. It aims to identify the critical stages, transitions and settings where there are opportunities to promote good health, to prevent negative health outcomes or to restore health and wellbeing. The paper highlights key reproductive health and general health needs, and identifies five thematic priorities for future strategy: Women's voices Healthcare policies and services Information and education Health in the workplace
  19. News Article
    The shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in Northern Ireland is distressing for women and challenging for pharmacies trying to access it, according to a community pharmacist. Loretto McManus advised women to leave plenty of time for ordering their prescriptions. The Health and Social Care Board said there were "some treatments which are currently experiencing supply issues". HRT helps many women control their often difficult menopausal symptoms. There is a national shortage of HRT with officials citing several reasons including manufacturing delays, an increase in deman
  20. Content Article
    The BMS Principles and Practice of Menopause Care course is for healthcare professionals seeking an in-depth and comprehensive grounding in menopause care. This course is suitable for doctors, nurses and pharmacists wishing to understand the essential foundations of menopause care The BMS Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care for doctors and nurses who undertake menopause consultations in general practice, including NHS and private clinics. It is also suitable for pharmacists (clinical and independent prescribers). The BMS Advanced Certificate in the Principles
  21. News Article
    MP Carolyn Harris is part of a movement determined to smash the remnants of the menopause taboo, pushing a private member’s bill to turn up the volume on a debate about the menopause that is growing louder by the day. As an increasing number of countries, businesses and individuals mark World Menopause Day today, Harris says she is ready to shame whoever stands in the way of progress. Harris will lead a small army of supporters to Parliament Square in London before her bill, which is due to be heard on the 29 October, to demand free prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in En
  22. News Article
    HRT used to be a dirty word. Now it’s a battle cry. Women will begathering in Parliament Square in London later this month to support the menopause bill to demand free prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in England. The bill could help thousands more women to access this life-changing treatment and will put the menopause under the microscope. For years, a combination of medical sexism, hysterical reporting and outdated science has held women back from asking for the health care they need. HRT replenishes the oestrogen, progesterone (and sometimes testosterone) that women lose wh
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